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Anadrome. Encouraging Lexical Experimentation.


http://youtu.be/h4pXFQYvCZE

This has been posted around in some comments here and there, and it was in the original jam session for a while, but I thought I’d share it here with anyone who may have missed it.

Anadrome. A new spin on an old game. A few of us around here have been playing this game and we are having fun, but we would love more company.

http://anadro.me/login
You can login from gmail and or facebook.

Here are the rules
http://anadro.me/rules

But basically it’s like scrabble with all sorts of extra tiles and big points to be had.

Why should you come play anadrome with us?

Well, so far John Robb is beating everyone all the time for the most part and he needs to be taken down. After John Robb’s fall from anadrome grace, Jon is next (sorry Jon, I like you and all, it’s just that….well, you hardly ever lose and that is no fun for your opponents) on the list of players that need to have more competition and be dethroned.

Why else should you play?

It is so much fun! You can play one word and come up with a couple hundred thousand points if you play it right. It is better than words with friends.

There are several boards to choose from ranging from endurance style boards, to aesthetically pleasing boards, to strategic play type boards.
You can even design your own board after you play a few boards and accumulate some tiles in your inventory.

http://anadro.me/design

You will also undoubtedly learn some new words.

And yet one more reason to come join in on all the word play fun; anadrome is a dailypaul original if there ever was one. This was created by the dailypaul’s resident robot, magician, creative genius guy, Jon. It is a great chance to support a dailypaul artist and have fun while doing so.

Moving on; for those of you already over there playing, I thought we could use this thread for anadrome related purposes, so anything anadrome goes. So if M wants to gloat here, or has wants to challenge me to use words in sentences here, or if John Robb wants to admit to all of us he has programmed a computer system to play anadrome for him and is not really playing himself and that is why he always wins here; feel free.

Oh, and if anyone wants to start a new game with me, I'm Jen over there on the user list.



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I learned a new word today: anadromous.

I thought this would be a good place to explain what it means. More than that, I nominate the "smelt" as the official Anadrome fish. Handsome critter, huh?
http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/lessons/files/2013/05/smelt-...

Merriam-Webster "ANADROMOUS: ascending rivers from the sea for breeding..."

In other words, they live in the ocean but return to freshwater to spawn. The salmon is, perhaps, the best known anadromous fish. I learned the word in conjunction with perch. A few others: smelt, shad, and striped bass.

Incidentally, this is opposite to how catadromous fish behave - living in freshwater, they return to the ocean to breed. The eel is an example of a catadromous fish.

I knew you'd be as excited as I was to learn these new words!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

A palindromic film

The issue of palindromes came up in the post on Harvard students failing the Louisiana Literacy Test, at which time I discovered this unusual little gem. I thought my fellow anadromers might enjoy it, especially those who go both ways. Like Lux. He's always playing words that are words whether read frontwards or backwards, racking up double points. In our current game, he just got points for TOTS *and* STOT (to bound with a stiff-legged gait). Earlier in the game he used the palindrome TUT, getting points for => TUT and TUT <=. Okay, here's the film. hit the lights.


http://youtu.be/YwWI1aHpzy0

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Atoning for educability through delicate beauty

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
So, jon, have you ever thought about making a way for three Anadrome players to play a game together?

Dociousaliexpilisticfragicalirupes
A regular Anadrome player whom I mentioned it to thought a 3-player version was a great idea. He suggested maybe having a 3-D version, too! Um, to quote Mary Poppins, "That's going a bit too far, don't you think?"


http://youtu.be/1Pu1adxqUAg

Note: Although in the movie supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is said to be a word to say when you have no words to say, i.e., when the cat's got your tongue, so to speak, its actual meaning is: "atoning for educability through delicate beauty."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercalifragilisticexpialidoci...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Joη's picture

multiple players

yes, I've thought about it.

If demand grew for the feature, I'd add it, but right now it's not yet worth adding in my opinion.

3D scrabble exists, but is not as popular. Due to the ease of "clumping" in anadrome, visibility issues would arise pretty quickly. And I personally think games are more fun where the player is from one dimension greater, since you have more "powers" overseeing a constructed 2D reality than existing within humdrum 3D. Not to say 3D games aren't fun, but it's a different experience altogether that, in my opinion, doesn't really lend itself to word games.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Not enough demand..

Thank you for your response. Glad you've thought about it, because a couple of us have, too. I mean... has, too. Okay, so guess we'll all just wait and see. And maybe it's not my concern, but if demand is at issue, I don't know how you'd be able to really even measure that. By asking current players via some sort of questionnaire or just waiting for more unsolicited requests or hints such as my own right here?

As to the second part of your reply, I only understand the first sentence, about 3D scrabble existing now but not being too popular. Even there, even with 3D scrabble images I googled, I have a hard time envisioning how it would be played. Well, it's the thought that counts!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Michael Nystrom's picture

has anyone played that new user

Lux?

She is impossible! I don't know how many games I've lost to her. Has anyone here won a game against Lux?

Jon, have you?

He's the man.
Joη's picture

yes, I have

Someone else here who plays even more often than I has, too. (Though I think you mean Lux.)

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Michael Nystrom's picture

Why hello.

Lux, yes. Is she a man or a woman?

He's the man.
Joη's picture

Lex seemed too on the nose

does this look masculine or feminine? I guess masculine. Yes.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

3 player game

option would be awesome!
Then if Lux still won we'd know 4 sure she was a she. :D

And if u still won we'd know 4 sure u are an impossibly sky-scrapingly highly intellectually gifted genius squared.
Wait. ..we know that already. So it would just be plain way cool fun.

Do it! Totally do it.

time is wasted in minutes not hours

egapele's picture

Ok, so the more games you win the more gold you accumulate

The gold you earn can allow you to buy letters during a game instead of the swap method. The letters R S T L N E are worth the most gold. Just an idea.

I was making fun and said something to them at school drop off time like, "maybe I will sit home all day accumulating anadrome gold instead of doing my chores" like the way they are always trying to accumulate realm gold. They actually thought it was cool! ALL of the kids at school know about accumulating gold [edit: in the games they currently play], they talk about it all the time.

Joη's picture

buying letters

Then a game's outcome isn't dependent on that one game & player skill, but on whoever has been stockpiling resources to get whatever letters whenever they want. Maybe I'd still strictly enforce the available letters (meaning they can't just buy any), so this would allow a deterministic, in-turn swap. Hm.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

i would love to see

the option of the swap costing me points per letter i swap vs. costing me my turn. expensive enough to make me pause but affordable enough of an option - just my 2cents - i mean 2pts. :D

time is wasted in minutes not hours

jrd3820's picture

Happy 2 yr dp anniversary esllyn!

To one of our regular and fun anadrome players, thanks for playing reasonable calm games with me after I'm spinning in circles from trying to keep up with either of the Jon/Johns and or Lux!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

U guys are the greatest

Thanks SO much, everyone is so nice & Stephanie is seriously the funniest person alive on the planet -- i'm SO glad i read your post about anadrome a while back & checked it out- excellent idea u had in inviting everybody!

Besides the addiction thing.

Ad the having to peel yourself up off the floor and face the numbers at the end of a game with Jon thing.

And the impossibly low insufficient 140 character chat box limit thing.

But Overall Fantastic!

Uh. ...there's another John? And Lux isn't like the prizes we get at the end of the year?

i mean i'm not freaking out or anything.

time is wasted in minutes not hours

egapele's picture

well call me a who in whoseville

I believe I am public, choose a board and let's have a game

Yeah!

Happy Birthday!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Happy B-day esllyn!

It's been a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

O U Did Not!

Coolest thing EVER! Thank you so much. & Ditto X 1,000. :)

time is wasted in minutes not hours

Wanna drive jon crazy?

When he's w-a-a-a-a-a-y ahead of you, so that there isn't a chance in hell you could ever catch up, like even if he passed his turn for the entire rest of the game, don't resign. Although you can easily imagine his expression

http://www.swing-smarter-baseball-hitting-drills.com/images/...

just quietly, calmly continue to play your little 35 pnt words as if you didn't have a care in the world - preferably lying in a meadow chewing on a piece of hay, but in any event, ho, hum, as leisurely as possible...
http://us.123rf.com/450wm/wavebreakmediamicro/wavebreakmedia...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

jrd3820's picture

lol, right...i'll keep that in mind

I try t be mindful of how much fun the games are or are not for him while I play also so I often resign, but from now on I think I'll go with the laying in a meadow plan instead. Thanks M!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Yeah, it's great.

Very relaxing. http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkiuhpJnfV1qe4xmjo1_500.jpg

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Funny, "Wordnik can't return a definition for chico!"

And neither can I... except where it's a *Proper Noun* - such as the name of a city in California or women's clothing store. >:-/

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

It means...

..'short' in Spanish. Now you jumped from the proper noun thing to the foreign words thing.

"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!"- Homer Simpson

jrd3820's picture

Anadrome Update

My last 4 games with Jon
Game 1
http://anadro.me/game/1190
I win!!!!
Game 2
http://anadro.me/game/1192
I lose :(
Game 3
http://anadro.me/game/1194
I win!!!!
Game 4
http://anadro.me/game/1207
I win!!!!!

That makes 3 wins out of our last 4 games and 2 in a row….Thinking of climbing Mt. Everest next weekend while I’m on such a roll.

*disclaimer, we have since played another game that I lost and I think things are back to normal now and I will have to lose 500 games with him before I can win again. Probably shouldn’t try that Everest thing.*

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Great board, has. Makes me wanna be huginn you

I'm referring to: skwisgaar skwigelf

First of all, I chose it thinking it might give me an advantage seeing as I'm part Swedish. My advantage was to be doled out no vowels. I had to PASS on my first turn.

when I mentioned something to jon, he indicated the source. Well, players of those games skew heavily male, so that *could* explain my never having heard of it. But also (thanks for indirectly bringing it up) it's not something that would be too familiar to people of my age.

Okay, so I found a place to play a consonant (N), forming the word EN for about 2 points. Jon got over 4,000 on his next turn (for the ditsy word SNORE... though there are only a few "multipliers," he got to one soon enough!).

I picked up another consonant, though at least found a place to put *two* of them! - turning SNORE into SNORERS. Oooh! 26 pnts! Well, I won't take you through the play by play. Just know that for three turns (during which he had another turn in the thousands), I had no vowels. I'm sure you'll understand. I had no choice but to call on Odin for help.

My next turn, I got one eye. I mean, I got an I. It was jon, actually, who reminded me Odin only had one eye.

Anyway, grateful for a vowel and immediately putting the I to good use... I picked up new letters and found myself with just one vowel again: again, one eye.

GRATEFUL FOR A VOWEL AND IMMEDIATELY PUTTING THE SECOND I TO GOOD USE... I PICKED UP NEW LETTERS AND FOUND MYSELF WITH ONE VOWEL... AGAIN... ONE EYE!

Well, I have no one to blame but myself. I called, and he came. I guess the moral of the story is, be careful when calling on the gods to help. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huginn_and_Muninn

Edited for corrections.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

What game?

Skwisgaar is the blonde dude with the guitar, lol.

jrd3820's picture

Ya know what I was thinking once about Jon...

It must be very gloomy wherever he lives because in my head it is always rolling thunder and lightning there. Whenever he gets huge points and kills what little chance I had at a comeback in my head he throws his head back and laughs (maniacally of course) and lightning strikes in the background. Jon and I have been playing anadrome on a very regular basis since April, wherever he lives has not seen sunshine since then.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Maybe one day the three of us will meet.

http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Now-Comes-The-...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

So fellow anadadrome players, let's C...

I'm not writing this on my own behalf or even on our collective behalf. I'm writing on behalf of the letter C - the now despisèd letter C.

It's not fair. Oh yeah, sure, V is happy now to have some company in terms of being difficult to use once played on the board. Hey, the vibes that V gets aint nuttin' compared with C - for this one reason: there aren't too many V's (in line with actual usage patterns), whereas there are a ton of C's (a *disproportionate amount* it would appear).

And I mean, really. If someone sneezes, *that dictionary* suddenly allows "achoo" as a valid word. It allows all sorts of utterings, including ethnic utterings, such as the "OY" in the quintessential Brooklyn, New York Jewish expression, "Oy Vey!" http://www.preoccupiedterritory.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/... and it's "soundalike" OI. It allows "common misspellings." It allows traditional folk dances from around the world. It allows abbreviations of archaic esoteric Scottish expressions. But it can't in its heart find even ONE ditsy little two-letter "C word" - not ONE little slang word or abbreviation?

Oh, I forgot. Robots, computers, virtual word games, etc. don't *have* hearts. I'll need to let a visual analysis of all the boards that have been played speak for itself: First... NOTE ALL THE DEAD-ENDED PLACES ON BOARDS. Second... NOTE THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, INVOLVES THE LETTER C. Case closed! Okay, that probably wasn't the best thing to say, two words beginning with C's. Funny, huh? Well it was just a coincidence!

[Okay, subconscious mind--- Stop using C's!!! Hey! You did it again. Look, I REALLY MEAN IT!!! Knock it off! Okay, now you're really in trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

I'm going to need to take matters into my own hands. In all fairness to the letter C and to lessen the frustration associated with Anadadrome - well, actually not another drome but that very drome!... here are some suggestions. Surely *someone* in the Anadadrome corporate hierarchy is authorized to "over-ride" the dictionary in use, in this case adding in just a *few* words, maybe a few from this list?

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CA means: abbreviation of CIRCA. It's a) international (which new-world-order-proponent-anadrome-dictionary seems to love), and b) Latin. See wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circa

Also see this 8-page list of other things "CA" could mean.
http://www.abbreviations.com/CA

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CE is an abbreviation for CORRECTABLE ERROR, a software term (a.k.a. urban slang?).

See this long list of other things "CE" could mean.
http://www.abbreviations.com/serp.php?st=CE&p=3

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CI is short for cubic inches.

See other things "CI" could mean. (I mean, if you're interested.)
http://www.abbreviations.com/serp.php?st=CI&p=2

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CO is the abbreviation for company.

See also http://www.abbreviations.com/CO

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CU is internet urban slang for "see you" (goodbye).

See also http://www.abbreviations.com/CU

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C, i heart anadrome and i heart all the people who make these great boards. It would be nice to take full advantage of them.

It would also be nice for the letter C to go back to being one of the most *revered* letters of the alphabet, revered by millions of people since childhood, a *major player* in the ABC song!

http://youtu.be/IpIhzFh0yw8

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir